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The Georges Méliès Collection
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Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. (Wikipedia) A prolific innovator in the use of special effects, accidentally discovered the substitution stop trick, he was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his work. Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality through cinematography,...
Topics: cinema, early movies, french, filmmaker, silent films
Feature Films
by Jean Vigo
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After the holidays, Caussat and Bruel are going back to the boarding school, where their life is sad, dull, as all prisoner's ones. But there is plot setting up for a revolt... Wikipedia page IMDB page
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Topics: Jean Vigo, French, Anarchy, School, Boarding School, 1930's, 30's, free school
Feature Films
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Also known as "The Black Book". A movie of the French Revolution, starring Robert Cummings and Richard Basehart. At the time this was written, the film had a rating of 7.1 on the IMDB. The MPEG2 file contains NAV packets, so you can load it into dvdAuthorGUI and create a DVD to watch on your television.
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Topics: French Revolution, dictator
Silent Films
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From Hans Christian Andersen's story to the screen by Jean Renoir, Catherine Hessling as Karen evokes delight and pathos. Wikipedia... Spoiler included. On a cold New Year's Eve, a poor girl tries to sell matches in the street. She is freezing badly, but she is afraid to go home because her father will beat her for not selling any matches. She takes shelter in a nook and lights the matches to warm herself. In their glow, she sees several lovely visions including a Christmas tree and a holiday...
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Topics: Catherine Hessling, French cinema, Hans Christian Andersen, Jean Renoir, silent films
Feature Films
by Georges Franju
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Judex (1963) is a French-language crime film remake of the 1916 French film serial of the same name concerning the adventures of pulp hero Judex. Directed by French filmmaker Georges Franju, the film stars Channing Pollock as Judex/Vallieres, Adith Scob as Jacqueline, Francine Berg as Diana and Michel Vitold as Favraux.
Topics: 1963, French, filmmaker, Georges Franju, Channing Pollock, Adith Scob, Francine Berg, Michel...
Kino French Films
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Un film tourner un lendemain de noel qui denonce la nouvelle religion universelle: La consommation
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Topics: Kino640, kino, francais, french,
Picfixer Feature Film Collection
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This print is much sharper and cleaner than the existing IA copy. Heartbroken looser in love Olly joins the French Foreign Legion to forget, and of course he drags along Stan who forgets everything. One of the funniest L&H feature-length comedies with great slapstick routines and magical moments like Stan playing "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" on a bedspring while he and Olly are waiting to be shot at dawn. A must-see for all fans of the eternally hapless duo. Directed by...
Topics: comedies, slapstick, French Foreign Legion, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker, Reginald...
Silent Films
by Jean Vigo
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À propos de Nice is a 1930 silent short documentary film directed by Jean Vigo and photographed by Boris Kaufman. The film depicts life in Nice, France by documenting the people in the city, their daily routines, a carnival and social inequalities. Vigo described the film in an address to the Groupement des Spectateurs d'Avant-Garde: "In this film, by showing certain basic aspects of a city, a way of life is put on trial... the last gasps of a society so lost in its escapism that it...
Topics: vigo, nice, silent film, muet, french, movie
Picfixer Feature Film Collection
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“The real stuff” (IMDB review quote). This is a much better copy and in the standard MPEG4 (MP4) format. A wartime government-produced docudrama on the activities of the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) in training and supplying agents and arms to European resistance groups. Produced in 1944, but not shown in UK cinemas until 1946 and not officially released until a year after that. IMDB rating 6.9. Produced and directed by Teddy Baird. Released in 1947. Complete Print. AKA “Now...
Topics: Docudramas, wartime dramas, WW2, SOE, Special Operations Executive, French underground,...
Silent Films
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The first episode of the 1915 serial 'Les Vampires'
Topics: Vampires, Silents, Silent Films, Serial, Serials, Irma Vep, French, Mystery, Public Domain, Horror
Silent Films
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Cast: Max Linder, Marthe Mansfield [billed as: Martha Ulrich], Francine Larrimore, Mathilde Comont. Produced by Essanay, the film premiered at "The Strand" (New York) on March 18, 1917. Max is forced to choose between losing his newly wedded wife and a fortune. He hits upon a brilliant scheme: He will give his wife grounds for a divorce, secure the money and then make his ex-wife Mrs. Linder again. He goes through any amount of trouble in helping her to get the necessary evidence,...
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Topics: Silent, comedy, Max Linder, Essanay, 1917, French, Divorce
Feature Films
by United Artists
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"A melodrama about the heroics of a captain in the Foreign Legion" (George Raft). Filmed in North Africa.
Topics: 1949, French Foreign Legion -- Drama, Damian O'Flynn, Crane Whitley, Eduard Franz, Erno Verebes,...
Picfixer Feature Film Collection
by W S Smith
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A Worthy wartime dramatic thriller of the underground resistance in German-occupied France. Screenplay by Anatole de Grunwald adapted from a story by Dorothy Hope supposedly based on a real event, but take this wartime claim with a grain of salt.. Good cast. Good production. Good print. Directed by George King. Released in 1943 (UK & US). Complete print (original UK version). a.k.a. "At Dawn We Die" (US). NOTE: Not to be confused with the US film "Tomorrow We Live," a...
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Topics: dramas, war dramas, thrillers, WW2, German-occupied France, French underground, John Clements,...
Picfixer Feature Film Collection
by Phil Malvern
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This is an ordinary second-feature adventure made special by Mantan Moreland's role as a courageous sergeant of black paratroops. But don't worry. He still manages to have some fun along the way. A must for fellow Moreland fans. Directed by George Waggner. Released in 1940. Complete print. Free movie links for Mantan junkies: https://archive.org/post/1006776/the-mantan-moreland-list-update
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Topics: Adventures, French Foreign Legion, Mantan Moreland, Ralph Byrd, George Lynn
Picfixer Feature Film Collection
by I E Chadwick
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“Female Satan of the Sahara” “She sent them into battle with her kisses burning on their lips” (promo tag lines). A French Foreign Legion adventure with an utterly forgettable cast and a plot so corny and absurd it seems like it was made in 1917 instead of 1937. Bad direction and bad editing, particularly of the action scenes, add insult to injury. So “Beau Geste” it’s not, but it is so-bad-it’s-good fun. IMDB rating 5.5. Directed by Hamilton MacFadden. Released in 1937....
Topics: Adventure, French Foreign Legion, Ralph Forbes, Ben Alexander, Hala Linda, Paul Hurst, George...
Silent Films
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Pathe comedy by Max Linder. Premiered in Vienna June 14, 1912 and released in the US Dec. 20, 1912. "Max, who has sponged upon a wealthy uncle, is told by that worthy to marry one of the daughters of an old friend of his. Max goes down to the farm. At a family council, it is hastily decided that Max must be induced to marry the elder daughter. The daughter shrewdly foresees that Max is more likely to want to marry her younger sister, and she accordingly insists on the sister being...
Topics: Silent, comedy, Max Linder, Pathe Freres, 1912, French, Farmer, Farm life, Maid
Feature Films
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Another Pathe-comedy with Max Linder. This is one of his best and one of his better known comedies. It was written by Maurice Delamare and and has Gabrielle Lange in a supporting role as the wife of a general. The picture premiered in Paris on December 15, 1911 and was released in the United States on July 12, 1912. More information at: www.maxlinder.de
Topics: Silent, comedy, Max Linder, Pathe Freres, 1911, French, Tonic, Quinquina, Drunk act
Pathe comedy by Max Linder, "the Motion Picture's first truly international Star" (Jack Spears, 1965), who wrote, directed and starred in this film, alongside Paquerette as "mother-in-law". "A young man, newly married, has great difficulty in getting rid of his mother-in-law, she even going so far as to accompany them on their honeymoon. They go to the Swiss Mountain resort. The things that that poor mother-in-law is made to do are legion, and all of them funny,...
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Topics: Silent, comedy, Max Linder, Pathe Freres, 1914, French, Swiss alps
Picfixer Feature Film Collection
by George King (& John Stafford uncredited)
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A British espionage thriller set in French North Africa which costarrs James Mason and Carla Lehmann backed by a worthy supporting cast. The entirely fictional screenplay was inspired by a real event. First rate A-feature production values. The Print is in excellent condition. Directed by George King. Released in 1944 (UK & US). Complete print (US version). SPECIAL NOTE: This film is in the public domain because its release date makes it ineligible for GATT protection, and because the US...
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Topics: war dramas, espionage, thrillers, WW2, French North Africa, James Mason, Carla Lehmann, Walter...
Silent Films
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The second episode of the 1915 serial 'Les Vampires'.
Topics: Vampires, Silents, Silent Films, Serial, Serials, Irma Vep, French, Mystery, Public Domain, Horror
Silent Films
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The third episode of the 1915 serial 'Les Vampires'
Topics: Vampires, Silents, Silent Films, Serial, Serials, Irma Vep, French, Mystery, Public Domain, Horror
Silent Films
by D W Griffith
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The Oath and the Man was directed by D W Griffith in 1910. Griffith is often out of his depth when he goes far back in history. Herein he trivializes the French revolution. Before you criticize him, though, remember he was making two or three of these a week. If you get a few laughs, you will be laughing at it not with it
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Topics: French, revolution, silents
  This gem is presented by Silent Hall of Fame.   Please visit https://silent-hall-of-fame.org/   to support our non-profit mission and the legacy of silent movie stars by making a tax deductible contribution.   FEEL FREE TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @SilentFilmGems   "Orphans of the Storm" is a historical drama. This film illustrates the work of cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. Directed by               D. W. Griffith Produced by        ...
Topics: D. W. Griffith, Billy Bitzer, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, silent film, silent movie stars, free...
Picfixer Feature Film Collection
by William Cameron Menzies
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“A visual treat” “Smart staging” “Intriguing movie” “Brilliant film” “Unusual and Stunning” “Exciting and very interesting” “Another stunning Anthony Mann film” (IMDB reviews quotes). NOTE: As of 3/23/19 this is the only complete version here at the Archive. A truly outstanding historical drama and adventure set during the French Revolution, and which traces the rise and fall of the infamous Maximilien Robespierre. Its large, worthy cast is headed by Robert Cummings,...
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Topics: historical dramas, historical adventures, thrillers, French Revolution, Maximilien Robespierre,...
Picfixer Feature Film Collection
by None credited
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This print is much sharper than the previously available version and it's in the correct aspect ratio. A well regarded WW2 documentary on the western ally's victorious campaign in French North Africa. Co-produced by the governments of the UK and the US. Directed by Frank Capra & Hugh Stewart (both uncredited). Internationally released in 1944. Complete print. a.k.a. "Tunisian Victory, An Official Record". TRIVIA: John Huston directed a few replacement scenes after some of the...
Topics: Documentaries, WW2, Operation Torch, Operation Acrobat, French North Africa campaign, Anthony...
Silent Films
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Étienne-Jules Marey (March 5, 1830 – May 21, 1904) was a French scientist, physiologist and chronophotographer. His work was significant in the development of cardiology, physical instrumentation, aviation, cinematography and the science of laboratory photography. He is widely considered to be a pioneer of photography and an influential pioneer of the history of cinema. He was also a pioneer in establishing a variety of graphical techniques for the display and interpretation of quantitative...
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Topics: Public Domain, Laboratory Photography, British Film, Cinema History, British Film History, Pioneer,...
Pathe comedy with Max Linder, Jacques Vandenne The story tells of two sons and a father, all of whom are paying separate and clandestine attentions to the same girl. They arrive one after the other, and are secreted in various parts of the room, where they remain until all three suddenly peep out together. The final scene, where the elderly papa is enjoining a discreet silence upon his son, is, perhaps the best thing of the kind Messrs. Pathe have yet done. (The Bioscope, Oct. 21, 1909)
Topics: Silent, comedy, Max Linder, Pathe Freres, 1909, French
Silent Films
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Nursing a Viper, 1909, directed by D.W. Griffith, Camera by Billy Bitzer. Griffith is pretty much out of his depth when he tries the French Revolution, though he did it some years later in the feature, "Orphans of the Storm"
Topics: Griffith, silents, french, revolution.
Silent Films
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The Lumière brothers, Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas (October 19, 1862 – April 10, 1954) and Louis Jean (October 5, 1864 – June 6, 1948)  were the first filmmakers in history. They patented the cinematograph, which in contrast to Edison's "peepshow" kinetoscope allowed simultaneous viewing by multiple parties. Their first film, Sortie de l'usine Lumière de Lyon, shot in 1894, is considered the first true motion picture. The Lumière brothers were born in Besançon, France to...
Topics: Public Domain, French Film, Cinema History, French Film History, Pioneer, French, French Pioneer,...
Silent Films
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Pathe comedy written and directed by Max Linder. Premiered in Vienna on May 17, 1912. Released in the UK on June 8, 1912 " The guardian of Mamie, with whom Max is in love, wishes to make the girl his wife. Mamie, holding her guardian in mortal terror, insists upon Max concealing himself one day when the former obtrudes his presence upon them. Max obeys, and finding behind the hanging wardrobe a lady's long plush coat and hat, he dons both articles to make his escape. The disguise leads the...
Topics: Silent, comedy, Max Linder, Pathe Freres, 1912, French
Silent Films
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The Lumière brothers, Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas (October 19, 1862 – April 10, 1954) and Louis Jean (October 5, 1864 – June 6, 1948)  were the first filmmakers in history. They patented the cinematograph, which in contrast to Edison's "peepshow" kinetoscope allowed simultaneous viewing by multiple parties. Their first film, Sortie de l'usine Lumière de Lyon, shot in 1894, is considered the first true motion picture. The Lumière brothers were born in Besançon, France to...
Topics: Public Domain, French Film, Cinema History, French Film History, Pioneer, French, French Pioneer,...
Comica/Pathe production, written and directed by Romeo Bosetti. Starring Jules Vial, Romeo Bosetti. " A somewhat original comic trifle, dealing with the endeavours of an imitation Max Linder to win fame by the methods of the great original. Needless to say, he is a very inferior imitation and, his spuriousness having been discovered, he suffers badly at the hands of those he has attempted to deceive." (The Bioscope, Oct. 15, 1914) Note: Although the film was made by Romeo Bosetti as...
Topics: Silent, comedy, Max Linder, Gaetan, Gactan, August, Comica, Pathe Freres, Romeo Bosetti, 1914,...
Three films by Georges Melies
Topics: Georges Melies, Trick Films, French Cinema
Silent Films
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A very funny short by French pioneer Louis Feuillade
Topics: Silent Film, French Cinema
Étienne-Jules Marey (March 5, 1830 – May 21, 1904) was a French scientist, physiologist and chronophotographer. His work was significant in the development of cardiology, physical instrumentation, aviation, cinematography and the science of laboratory photography. He is widely considered to be a pioneer of photography and an influential pioneer of the history of cinema. He was also a pioneer in establishing a variety of graphical techniques for the display and interpretation of quantitative...
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Topics: Public Domain, Laboratory Photography, British Film, Cinema History, British Film History, Pioneer,...
Silent Films
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A short film by Emil Cohl. 1909
Topics: cohl, dentures, french, silents
Silent Films
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Short film from French Pioneer, Alice Guy
Topics: Alice Guy, French Cinema
Silent Films
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Short film by French pioneer, Alice Guy
Topics: French Cinema, Alice Guy
Silent Films
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Fromthe world of Segundo de Chomón 
Topics: French Cinema, Film Pioneer
Silent Films
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Unknown Film
Topics: French, Film History